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Northern Realms Gwent deck is a basic Gwent deck that Geralt starts out with during prologue and is based on heroes from that region. The deck is built around the idea of damage output and staying power.

  • Special - Draw a card if you win a round.

Overview

The Northern Realms deck has the potential ability to place unit cards with the Tight Bond ability (each affected unit has its strength increased by 100%) in each of the three rows, perhaps all in one round depending on the cards the player draws, which can make a very small number of cards get a very massive score if you lay them down together, which you can then boost further with the Commander's Horn (gwent card). For example, if you can find all three Blue Stripes Commando cards, get all three in your hand and lay them all down, those three cards normally worth 4 each for 12 total are now worth 12 each for a total of 36, which you can then Horn to make them 72. None of the other decks can get point scores this high with so few cards in the base game. This allows Geralt to rapidly build up his score, while three separate spy cards help keep a large hand late into the game. Depending on the draw, players can receive as many as 15 cards from their deck {3 spy cards, opponent uses 3 spy cards which are reclaimed with decoys, mysterious elf spy card, northern realms ability after winning one round} over the three rounds (the Nilfgaard deck could receive up to 16 cards over 3 rounds [3 spy cards, opponent uses 3 spy cards which are reclaimed with decoys, mysterious elf spy card, Emhyr leader ability draws spy card from enemy discard pile]). The main weaknesses of this deck are:

  • Great susceptibility to Weather cards, which negate the Tight Bond effectively by reducing all cards in the affected row to one initially; that new value of 1 does still get boosted by 100% per matching card put down, so three Blue Stripes Commandos under the effect of Biting Frost would still be worth 3 each for a total of 9, and the Horn could still increase that to 18.
  • Scorch cards or those with a similar effect like Villentretenmerth (gwent card) which remove the highest card(s) in play; this card can be a deal-breaker if the opponent plays it and knocks out an entire set of Tight Bonded cards.

Cards

Icon Name Type Row Str. Ability Source
Tw3 icon gwent siege northern realms.png Ballista Unit Tw3 gwent siege.png 6 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Blue Stripes Commando Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 4 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Elsa or Bram in White Orchard
1 purchased from Crow's Perch's quartermaster
1 purchased from Midcopse's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent siege northern realms.png Catapult Unit Tw3 gwent siege.png 8 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Elsa or Bram in White Orchard
1 purchased from Marquise Serenity at the Passiflora
Hearts of Stone expansion: 1 can be purchased from the trader at the circus camp near Carsten
Tw3 icon gwent range northern realms.png Crinfrid Reavers Dragon Hunter Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat.png 5 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Elsa or Bram in White Orchard
1 purchased from Claywich's merchant
1 purchased from Midcopse's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent range northern realms.png Dethmold Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat.png 6 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege northern realms.png Dun Banner Medic Unit Tw3 gwent siege.png 5 Medic: Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Esterad Thyssen Hero Tw3 gwent close combat.png 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Won from Sigismund Dijkstra during Gwent: Big City Players
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Foltest: King of Temeria Leader Pick an Impenetrable Fog card from your deck and play it instantly. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Foltest: Lord Commander of the North Leader Clear any weather effects (resulting from Biting Frost, Torrential Rain or Impenetrable Fog cards) in play. Purchased from Elsa or Bram in White Orchard
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Foltest: Son of Medell Leader Destroy your enemy's strongest Ranged Combat unit(s) if the combined strength of all his or her Ranged Combat units is 10 or more. Purchased from the merchant at the circus camp near Carsten
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Foltest: The Siegemaster Leader Doubles the strength of all your Siege units (unless a Commander's Horn is also present on that row). Won from the Nilfgaardian nobleman in Vizima
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Foltest: The Steel-Forged Leader Destroy your enemy's strongest Siege unit(s) if the combined strength of all his or her Siege units is 10 or more. Won during High Stakes
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png John Natalis Hero Tw3 gwent close combat.png 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Obtained during A Dangerous Game from Earl
Tw3 icon gwent siege northern realms.png Kaedweni Siege Expert Unit Tw3 gwent siege.png 1 Morale boost: Adds +1 to all units in the row (excluding itself). Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent range northern realms.png Keira Metz Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat.png 5 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Philippa Eilhart Hero Tw3 gwent ranged combat.png 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Poor Fucking Infantry Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 1 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 part of the base deck
1 purchased from Lindenvale's merchant
1 purchased from Midcopse's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Prince Stennis Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 5 Spy: Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Redanian Foot Soldier Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 1 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent range northern realms.png Sabrina Glevissig Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat.png 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent range northern realms.png Sheldon Skaggs Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat.png 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege northern realms.png Siege Tower Unit Tw3 gwent siege.png 6 Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Siegfried of Denesle Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 5 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Sigismund Dijkstra Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 4 Spy: Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Won from Phillip Strenger during Gwent: Velen Players
Tw3 icon gwent range northern realms.png Síle de Tansarville Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat.png 5 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege northern realms.png Thaler Unit Tw3 gwent siege.png 1 Spy: Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Purchased from Arinbjorn's innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent siege northern realms.png Trebuchet Unit Tw3 gwent siege.png 6 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent hero northern realms.png Vernon Roche Hero Tw3 gwent close combat.png 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Won from Haddy during Gwent: Velen Players
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Ves Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 5 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee northern realms.png Yarpen Zigrin Unit Tw3 gwent close combat.png 2 Part of the base deck
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